A message from Mayor Wiersum

City of Minnetonka

A message from Mayor Wiersum

Dear Minnetonka residents,

Last week, the Minnetonka City Council adopted a face mask ordinance to help protect our community against the ongoing threat of COVID-19. As I’m sure you’ve heard, that conversation continued in Minnesota this week on a larger scale.

The city ordinance went into effect last night at 11:59 p.m. However, it will only be in place for 24 hours, as the governor issued a statewide executive order requiring face coverings that will supersede the Minnetonka ordinance and begin tonight at 11:59 p.m. The state’s order will require face coverings throughout Minnesota in all indoor public spaces (unless you’re alone) and when social distancing isn’t possible while working outdoors. Learn more about the order on the state’s website.

Let’s be honest, nobody loves wearing a mask. I get that. However, if wearing a mask can make a meaningful difference against the spread of COVID-19, isn’t the minor inconvenience worth such a significant benefit? Masks increase the chances that businesses can successfully remain open, and they allow us to enjoy other “normal” activities while protecting ourselves and others. We need to be responsible and all do our part.

In addition to the benefits of wearing masks, we’ve learned COVID-19 doesn’t spread as easily outdoors. Even if you have to socially distance, I encourage you to get outdoors and enjoy all that Minnetonka and our state have to offer during this wonderful time of year. Minnetonka has so many wonderful parks and trails – try out one you haven’t visited before for a fun, new experience! Many outdoor activities can be enjoyed safely during the pandemic, and can really help your physical and mental health.

COVID-19 has challenged us for months. I urge you to stay the course. Wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance and stay home when you’re sick. If we can all be diligent, these simple tasks will add up in a big way as we continue to push through these trying times. We will get through this.

Be safe, be kind and be well. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. 


Brad Signature

Brad Wiersum
City of Minnetonka

COVID–19 updates and resources

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Visit minnetonkamn.gov/masks to learn more about the city and state face covering requirements.